I'm about to write a scene in which the hero is captured by bad guys and interrogated after which he is surely to be killed if he doesn't do something remarkable or get himself rescued.
I'm considering not even doing the scene because it has been done so many times. The possibility of making this kind of scene fresh is almost nil. What do you think? Should we discard certain set pieces as overdone, or keep on struggling to make them original (somehow)? Jack Bauer has pretty much exhausted the possibilities.